More than a ton of marijuana and other illicit drugs went up in smoke this week, when Juab County law enforcement officials torched the contraband accumulated in evidence files over the past two years.
The drugs, worth an estimated $6.7 million, were torched at the old Nephi city landfill, said Sheriff Dave Carter.The contraband, placed on wooden pallets and doused with diesel fuel and fertilizer, was completely destroyed after burning for about three hours, Carter said.
The load included some 2,100 pounds of marijuana seized in drug trafficking arrests on the interstate highway system and from fields discovered in the county, officials said. In addition, there were smaller amounts of cocaine, amphetamines and other drugs.
Some of the drugs had been held as long as two years to be used as evidence in prosecution of cases.